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What is Detroit Known For?

We are Detroit. Metro Detroit serves as the home of many fine businesses and organizations. The Motor City is also home to many famous stars. We've listed some of them here:

AUTOMOBILES

General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler.

MUSIC

Berry Gordy, Jr., Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Martha & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight, Madonna, Eminem, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, D12, Josh Gracin, Jeff Daniels, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Anita Baker, The White Stripes, Iggy & The Stooges, MC5, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Glen Frey, Ray Parker Jr., Obie Trice, Aaliyah

MOVIES AND TELEVISION

17,000 Block (2005), 61* (2001), 8 Mile (2002), 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter TV (2002-2005), Detroit 9,000 (1973), Detroit Rock City (1999), Dreamgirls (2006), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Home Improvement TV (1991-1999), Hoffa (1992), The Island (2005), Project 313 (2006), Scarecrow (1973), Sister, Sister TV (1994-1999), Transformers (2007), The Upside of Anger (2005), Flash of Genius (2008), Gran Torino (2008) Detroit 1-8-7 TV (2010), CornerStone (2011), Real Steel (2011) Vanishing on 7th Street (2011)

SPORTS

Detroit Red Wings (NHL), Detroit Pistons (NBA), Detroit Lions (NFL), Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Shock (WNBA), Detroit Fury (AFL), Detroit Panthers (ABA), Detroit Ignition (MISL), Detroit Indy Grand Prix, Detroit APBA Gold Cup

FOOD

Coney Dogs, Domino's Pizza, Little Caesars Pizza, Sanders Hot Fudge, Better Made Potato Chips, Germack Pistachios, Faygo Pop, Vernors Ginger Ale, Stroh's Ice Cream and Beer, Kowalski Kielbasa, McClure's Pickles, HoneyBaked Ham, Guernsey Farms Ice Cream, Detroit Beer Co., Paczki, Buddy's Pizza, Sliders (Hamburgers)

BUILDINGS

The Fox Theatre, The Renaissance Center, Ford Field, Comerica Park, Compuware Headquarters, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Opera House, Cobo Center, Hart Plaza, Campus Martius Park, The Detroit Science Center, The Detroit Historical Museum, One Detroit Center, Penobscot Building, Guardian Building, Book Tower, Cadillac Tower, David Stott Building, Fisher Building, Buhl Building

FESTIVALS

  • January - North American International Auto Show
  • February - Detroit's Winter Blast
  • June - Detroit's Downtown Hoedown
  • June - International Freedom Festival & Festival of the Arts
  • July - Detroit APBA Gold Cup & Comerica Cityfest
  • August - Michigan State Fair
  • September - International Jazz Festival
  • October - Motor City Music Conference
  • November - America's Thanksgiving Parade

 

Downtown Detroit: The Motor City

Buildings and Landmarks

 

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The Detroit Science Center is located within the city's Cultural Center. It features Michigan’s only IMAX® Dome Theatre.

 

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The main entrance to the Detroit Science Center is on John R. Street just north of Warren Avenue.

 

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The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue in the city's museum district. It chronicles the history of the Detroit area from cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, the auto assembly line, toy trains, fur trading from the 1700s, and much more. Today, the Museum receives more than 250,000 visitors annually, including more than 50,000 school children.

 

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The College for Creative Studies is one of the nation's leading arts education institutions. It is located within Detroit's cultural center. CCS features Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 11 studio majors.

 

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The Detroit Institute of Arts is home of one of the largest art collections in the United States. There are over 60,000 works of fine art including Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry.

 

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The New DIA Ticket Office is open Wednesdays thru Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is also open one hour prior to Detroit Film Theatre events.

 

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